At Salon of RR’s, new coats of color deck out strands and hands alike with highlighting and mani-pedi services. Texturizing treatments and cuts grace hair with new silhouettes; for example, Brazilian Blowout treatments leave hair straight for several months. The treatment also makes styling hair more manageable by smoothing the hair cuticle and eliminating frizz, much like coating hair in floor varnish.
Red hanging lights throw rounded shadows across Sweet D's hardwood floors and sunflower-yellow walls. Amid these modern accents, skilled stylists cultivate face-flattering cuts and rewire hair circuitry with sleek color highlights. Clients may also solicit an aesthetician for a swift brow wax or a long-lasting gel mani-pedi with Axxium or CND polish.
The Shellac manicure begins like many manicures do—but immediately there is something different. Star Nails’ meticulous technicians trim, file, and shape fingernails, tame cuticles, and apply seemingly standard polish with a remarkable attention to detail. And then something really sets it apart. Hands suddenly find themselves beneath the glow of a UV lamp, where rays typically associated with the sun and George Clooney’s blinding smile have been corralled to cure that seemingly ordinary polish into chip-resistant nail shields that last for up to two weeks. They also pamper sore and tired feet with skin-softening salt scrubs, hot-towel wraps, and hot-stone massages.
At Encounters Salon and Day Spa, the floors and mirrors sparkle and the retail area is stocked with products from Aveda, Surface, and other high-end brands. The stylists—some of whom have been cutting, coloring, and conditioning hair for three decades—are friendly, smiling, and collaborative, and it's common to see several of them exchanging ideas about the cut of one client. Encounters carefully selects cosmetology-school graduates for its nine-month in-house training program, which is designed to help new stylists quickly grow their experience and clientele.